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‘Us’ (2009): Review

Producer: Ant Length: 65:02 Us, the fourth studio album by Minnesota MC, Brother Ali, continues the rapper’s trend of fantastic songs composed of flowing, quality verses, catchy choruses, and pounding, memorable beats. It’s yet another great record from the standout Midwestern artist, and yet another bright spot in today’s underground hip scene. Once again, the … Continue reading

‘Life is Good’ (2012): Review

Producer: Al Shux, Boi-1da, Buckwild, Da Interz, DJ Hot Day, Heavy D, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Nas, No I.D., Noah “40” Shebib, Rodney Jerkins, Salaam Remi, Swizz Beatz Length: 57: 53 When I first sat down to write my review for Life is Good, the latest and eleventh studio album by my favorite rapper, Nas, I wasn’t … Continue reading

‘King Animal’ (2012): Review

Producer: Adam Kasper, Soundgarden Length: 52:01 When I first heard that Soundgarden, my favorite of the early ’90’s Grunge bands, were returning from a 16-year hiatus and were going to write their first album in over a decade, I was ecstatic. I’ve always loved the sweet sound of the Soundgarden’s complex, intricate riffs that somehow layered … Continue reading

‘The Undisputed Truth’ (2007): Review

Producer: Ant Length: 61:20 If you know me at all, you know that my patience for modern mainstream hip hop is paper thin. In short, I can’t stand it. It makes me want to puke on most occasions. Even artists that I once was partial to, such as Jay-Z (shout outs to Reasonable Doubt [1996] and … Continue reading

‘Death Magnetic’ (2008): Review

Producer: Rick Rubin Length: 74:42 I remember driving to my high school for a trip to an away game on the football team, the then brand, spanking new CD, Death Magnetic (DM) cooking in the CD player. I didn’t have time to listen to the whole album, so I made sure that I could at least … Continue reading

‘Rang De Basanti’ (2006): The Preachiest Movie of the 2000s?

Directed by: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra || Produced by: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ronnie Screwvala, Aamir Khan Screenplay by: Renzil D’Silva, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra || Starring: Aamir Khan,  Siddarth Narayan, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Waheeda Rehman, R. Madhavan, Kunal Kappor, Atul Kulkarni, Alice Patten Music by: A.R. Rahman || Cinematography: Binod Pradhan || Editing by: P.S. Bharathi … Continue reading

‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2003): Shah Rukh Khan the Matchmaker

Directed by: Nikhil Advani || Produced by: Yash Johar, Karan Johar Screenplay by: Niranjan Iyengar, Karan Johar || Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Jaya Bachchan, Sushma Seth, Dara Singh, Reema Lagoo, Lilette Dubey Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy || Cinematography: Anil Mehta || Editing by: Sanjay Sankla || Country: India || Language: Hindi, English Running Time: 188 … Continue reading

‘World War Z’ (2013): Bloodless Violence Galore

Directed by: Marc Forster || Produced by: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ian Bryce Screenplay by: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof || Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox Music by: Marco Beltrami || Cinematography: Ben Seresin || Editing by: Roger Barton, Matt Chesse || Country: United Kingdom, United States … Continue reading